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Health code system used 990 million times

Zhu Shenshen
Conference told that Shanghai's system was the earliest and most advanced system for the prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the country. 
Zhu Shenshen

Shanghai’s “health code” system, which uses advanced technologies to protect the city during the COVID-19 pandemic, has covered traffic of almost 1 billion since its debut in January. It was the earliest and most advanced system in pandemic prevention and control nationwide, an industry conference heard on Wednesday.

The city also plans to upgrade its health-care and medical system in the near future, as well as improving Internet hospitals and developing medical cloud services, industry officials told the Inspur Data Technology Conference in Shanghai. 

The “health code” system has been used 990 million times in Shanghai at airports, railway stations, tourist sites and shopping centers during the pandemic. It has exchanged over 420,000 pieces of information in the Yangtze River Delta region, offering front-line staff safe and efficient methods to prevent COVID-19 infection, said Inspur, one of the core tech suppliers of the system. 

The epidemic has boosted demand in the health care, finance and science research sectors, according to Inspur, China’s biggest computer server vendor. 

In the second quarter, its server sales jumped 53 percent year on year, giving it a 39.1 percent market share in the domestic server market and 11.3 percent globally, according to researchers IDC and Gartner.

Shanghai is upgrading the “health code” system with more intelligent and efficient features. Meanwhile, the city is advancing its intelligent hospital project. It will connect health care and medical data on a city-level cloud, which is accessible to all medical organizations. 

Under the project, Shanghai’s first Internet hospital will debut in Zhujiajiao on Friday. In the future, the project is designed to connect all medical data in the Yangtze River Delta region, local officials told the conference. 

The intelligent hospital system requires advanced computing and storage technologies on a cloud database and medical imaging data storage and analysis (for COVID-19 diagnosis, remote medical services and cancer screening). 

With the growing demand in medical and various industries, Inspur’s strorage business sales tripled year on year in 2020, said Henry Li, general manager of Inspur’s production line. 

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